Happy post-St. Patrick’s Day weekend! As you gather your coffee and nibble on some muffin (or other breakfast confection of your choosing), take a second to scan through the list of upcoming tours and shows. Shifting gears here on the Tracks, I want to spotlight certain stellar bands I am eager to see and/or great bands I’ve seen and would highly recommend. (P.S. Apologies for the long delay between posts, some technical difficulties connecting to wordpress from la oficina this past weekend.)
I Can’t Wait For:
Megafaun – March 21st
Lost in the Trees – April 3rd
Youth Lagoon – April 4th
Perfume Genius – April 10th
- Frankie Rose — April 30th
Run! Don’t Walk To See:
Adam Arcuragi — a mix of folk and gospel, emotionally rousing
The Alabama Shakes – old school southern blues with attitude and charm
Sharon Van Etten – soulful and intimate songs of serpents and sorrow
M83 – dress light because you’ll be drenched in sweat from dancing
Wild Flag – these ladies rock
As always, links to tour dates are embedded in band name and links to purchase tickets for Chicago dates embedded into venue name. (Note: Shows in Bold are those for which I already have tickets and will be in attendance.)
3/30-31 – Jeff Tweedy (Scholarship Benefit Show) @ Vic Theatre (Sold Out!)
3/31 – Hood Internet @ Empty Bottle – nobody is as clever with mixing and mashing tempos from indie rock standards and hip hop bangers
4/5 – Wild Flag @ Metro (Sold Out) – these ladies rock hard and if you haven’t seen them remedy this now!
4/8 – Fucked Up @ Lincoln Hall
4/18 – Bear in Heaven @ Schubas
4/28 – Tortoise @ Empty Bottle – If you’ve never seen these Chicago stalwarts, you NEED to see them if only to witness one of the finest and most captivating drummers/percussion sections of any group out there.
5/4 – M83 @ the Riviera – (Sold Out) – Saw M83 four years ago at the Empty Bottle, I’ve rarely been so tired from dancing or drenched in sweat (except for LCD Soundsystem) as I was that evening
5/12 – Andrew Bird @ Auditorium Theater – Rumor has it that there will be snacks.
5/16 – The Cranberries @ the Riviera Theatre – they seem to be waltzing back into our lives.
6/15-17 – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park featuring: Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeeed You Black Emperor, Cloud Nothings, Grimes, Kendrick Lamar and many more!
6/22 – Dinosaur Jr. @ Subterranean (Sold Out)